Rajasthan is famous for its glorious past, colourful customs and culture, art and architecture, the royal medieval era, forts and palaces and citadels, and above all, its camel safaris. Fairy-tale palaces lie on hilltops, deep in the forests, in the middle of the lakes, each with its history and legends of valour and self-sacrifice, pomp and gaiety, love and romance. Today, some are splendid museums with rich collections, others lavish hotels preserving the ambience and luxury of princely times. The royal hunting reserves are now national parks and sanctuaries.
Included: Accommodation: In hotel of your choice of “Budget”, “Comfort” or “First” (see “Rates” and “Type of Accommodation”).
Meals: Budget class – No meals. Comfort class – 11 breakfasts. First Class – 11 breakfasts
Transport: AC car w/road taxes and parking fees
Guide: Chauffeur who speaks basic English. Local guide for sightseeing Jaipur and Agra
Others: Camel Ride, local performance and basic dinner will be provided during stay in Desert camp. Half day’s Jeep safari to Bishnoi. Not included: · Meals other than the one mentioned in “Included in the price”.
· Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
· Entry fees at the monuments
· Personal guide for the whole trip
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· Got a couple of extra days? Then add some to your Rajasthan experience and appreciate a jeep safari in Bishnoi village and stay in a beautiful Palace hotel in Rohetgarh or Luni
· Experience the magic of Rajasthan - the land of Rajput kings, fairy tales, forts and royal palaces
· Immerse yourself in the royal history and culture of India whilst staying in desert camps, riding camels and taking in cultural dances.
· Catch a glimpse of that magnificent Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Day 1: Delhi – Jaipur Driving time: 5-6 hours approx.)
Today, you will start your trip from Visit beyond Service Centre at 10:00 am and drive to Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur and transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. If time permits you may visit Birla Temple. Over night in Hotel.
Day 2: Jaipur
Today you have a guided tour in Jaipur includes a visit to the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, and Jantar-Mantar (a scientific observatory). The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is color-washed pink – the color of hospitality in Rajput tradition. Built in 1772 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a remarkable harmony in architectural splendor. The only planned city of its time, a formidable wall encircles Jaipur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Jaipur – Mandawa (Driving time: 4 hours approx.)
Today, you will drive to the Shekhavati region of Rajasthan. Shekhavati is also known as the open art gallery due to the numerous fresco paintings all over the palaces, houses and havelis (houses of rich noblemen). Please note that the village is very small with dirty roads. Sewage is a major problem that causing the paintings to fade. Over night in Mandawa.
Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner (Driving time: 4-5 hours approx.)
After breakfast, you will drive from Mandawa to Bikaner. Lying in the north of the Desert State, Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the ??Camel country', the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Sightseeing in Bikaner includes a camel-breeding farm and an excursion to Deshnoke to see the Karni Mata Temple, where rats scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. They are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men. Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 5: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (Driving time: 4-5 hours approx.)
Early in the morning we visit the Junagadh Fort, followed up by a long drive to Jaisalmer. A visit to Jaisalmer is incomplete without a ride on a camel and of course, the view of the city during sunset. You will be driven to the desert and enjoy a camel ride in the sand dunes and watch the sun slowly disappearing in the sand during sunset. We follow this with local dance performances and dinner. Desert camping in the night.
Immerse yourself in wonderful history and culture of India
Child age: Up to and including 6 years of age.
Child price: 1 child is free of charge if sharing bed with parents. Children aged over 6 years will be treated as adult.
Budget: Guest House in standard room with private bathroom - 1 star hotel or similar
Comfort: Deluxe/standard room with private bathroom - 3 start hotel or similar
First: Standard/Deluxe room with private bathroom - 5 star hotel
Budget Class – 2 Breakfasts
Tourist Class – 11 Breakfasts
First Class – 11 Breakfasts
Though it is possible to visit Rajasthan throughout the year – the best time is said to be the coolest month starting from September to April.
Delhi, Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Camel Breeding Farm, Rat Temple, Desert Camp, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Rohetgarh or Fortchanwa, Bishnoi Village, Pushkar, Pushkar Lake, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Taj Mahal, Red Fort